White House pledges up to $4.3 billion for Global Fund through 2019
The White House said this week it will provide up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the period from 2017 to 2019.
National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, PhD, announced the plan for the United States to match $1 for every $2 in pledges made by other donors through Sept. 30, 2017. Under a similar plan, the U.S. contributed $4.1 billion to the public-private partnership for 2014 to 2016, Rice said.
The U.S. is the Global Fund’s largest donor.
“We are calling on all partners to contribute generously in order to leverage our matching pledge to reach the Global Fund’s replenishment goal of $13 billion for the 3-year period from 2017 to 2019, averting 300 million new infections and saving an additional 8 million lives from HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis by 2020,” Rice said in a statement.
Rice said the Global Fund has helped save 6 million lives from malaria and 43 million lives from tuberculosis since 2000, and has helped provide 17 million people with HIV/AIDS treatment.
“While we are turning the tide against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, too many around the world — especially in areas of conflict — still fall victim to these diseases,” Rice said. “Now is the time for the world to accelerate its efforts by making smart investments and evidence-based interventions in the most at-risk places.”
The U.S. pledge is subject to Congressional appropriations.
Disclosure: Rice is U.S. national security adviser.